Toronto Raptors forward Anthony Bennett (ankle) returned to practice after rolling his ankle in Thursday's game.
Bennett is looking to rejuvenate his career for his hometown team after a rocky start playing for the Cavaliers and the Timberwolves. The former number one pick will likely start with a bench role for the Raptors and look to earn his playing time. His preseason performance will play a factor in the teams confidence, so it's good news that he's returned to practice.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love went through his first full practice on Saturday, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Cavs will likely be very cautious with Love this preseason as they don't don't want to risk anything. There's no reason to think Love won't be fully healthy to start the season, and he should see his offensive role increased with the absence of Kyrie Irving in the beginning portion of the season. The Cavs seemed to have a hard time using Love's strengths effectively last year, but with him choosing to resign with the team it appears both sides are hopeful they'll figure it out.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Bass (knee) is doubtful to play in Sunday's preseason matchup with Israeli squad Maccabi Haifa, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Bass, who was diagnosed with a left knee contusion earlier this week, was unavailable to practice Friday, as he continued to receive treatment. Though the bruised knee doesn't seem like a serious enough issue to sideline Bass for the start of the regular season, the Lakers could opt to keep him in street clothes for the next handful of preseason games as a precautionary measure.
Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones (ribs) did not participate in Friday's practice, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
After sitting out Wednesday's preseason tilt against the Mavericks due to the rib injury, it doesn't seem likely that Jones will be healthy in time to suit up for Sunday's exhibition tilt versus Orlando. There's been no indication from the Rockets yet that Jones' injury will linger into the regular season, so his fantasy draft stock should remain on stable ground for the time being.
Mason Plumlee is expected to serve as the Portland Trail Blazers ' starting center to open the regular season, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
After an offseason of roster overhaul, the Trail Blazers are set to unveil a retooled frontcourt that is expected to lean heavily on Plumlee and Miles Leonard, whose differing skill sets should mesh well together. The sweet-shooting Leonard should give the Blazers even more floor spacing than they previously enjoyed when mid-range specialist LaMarcus Aldridge was in the fold, while Plumlee fills the role of the more traditional rim-protecting big man.
Noah Vonleh and Ed Davis also figure to factor into the rotation, but Plumlee should be on tap for a career-high total in minutes regardless of which combinations of players coach Terry Stotts opts to deploy. Through two preseason games, Plumlee has posted averages of 7.5 points (on 63.6 percent shooting), 6.5 rebounds, and two assists in 23.1 minutes per contest.
Aron Baynes (ankle) could play in one of the Detroit Pistons ' preseason games either Tuesday or Wednesday, NBA.com's Keith Langlois reports.
The backup center is being held out of Saturday's game, but it sounds like he will return next week. That said, the Pistons will continue to bring him along slowly, as he would only suit up in one of the games Tuesday or Wednesday, and not both.
Jared Dudley (back) took some contact during Thursday's practice, CSN Washington's J. Michael reports.
It was the second consecutive day Dudley was able to absorb some contact, showing that he's making progress in his recovery from offseason surgery on his lower-back area. The Washington Wizards expect him to return to full practice at some point next week, after which he may be cleared to appear in preseason action.
Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre (ankle) made his preseason debut in Friday's loss to the New York Knicks , failing to score a point (0-7 FG, 0-3 3Pt) over 25 minutes of action.
Oubre did finish with four rebounds and a blocked shot in the outing, but the cold shooting night won't aid his chances of breaking into coach Randy Wittman's rotation to begin the season. On a more positive note, Oubre at least looks to be in good health after the ankle injury sidelined him for Tuesday's exhibition opener against the Philadelphia 76ers .
Forward Darrell Arthur has missed all three of the Denver Nuggets ' preseason games thus far with a right hamstring strain, the Associated Press reports.
Arthur, who joined the Nuggets on a two-year contract in August, is expected to remain a factor in the team's frontcourt mix, but he's starting to run out of opportunities to showcase himself in the preseason. Unless Arthur is able to shake off the hamstring injury quickly, he may find himself behind the likes of J.J. Hickson and Nikola Jokic for reserve minutes off the bench when the regular season gets underway.
Washington Wizards forward Marcin Gortat tallied 15 points (6-8 FG, 3-3 FT), two assists, and five rebounds in 25 minutes in Friday's 115-104 loss to the New York Knicks .
The Polish Hammer is back to man the middle in Washington Huskies for the third consecutive season, and looks to build a solid 2014-15 campaign in which he played all 82 games. Gortat provided superior defense intertwined with the occasional offensive outburst last season, and the Wizards figure to require more of the same from him in the upcoming campaign. The veteran center may have a new frontcourt mate in Kris Humphries if Humphries is able to wrest the starting job away from Nene Hilario, but Gortat should be able to adapt accordingly if that is indeed the case.
Gortat will provide modest offensive production on most nights for fantasy owners, but certainly has the potential to augment his value with his above-average rebounding ability and overall defense. He shapes up as a solid mid-to-late round pick, and would be slotted in the top half of centers.